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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 20, 2014 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Gerry Goffin (RIP) (and non-Dead)

For folks of a certain age, as in moi, a terrific lyricist - one who helped create the soundtrack of the 60's. What I find interesting is that I sort of view him as the anti-Robert Hunter - Dead songs tended not to deal with romance and its difficulties, joys, and consequences. I'll leave Looks Like Rain to another day. Or year. There was an interesting analysis that described how deep emotions could be described using simple phrases and short words. The song used as the example was Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. As the man said, "You can be short and sweet. You can also be short and heartbreaking. Pretty heavy stuff for the 1960 when we were still escaping Ozzie Nelson. :)

Tonight you’re mine completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow?

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure?
Can I believe the magic of your sighs
Will you still love me tomorrow

Tonight with words unspoken
You say that I’m the only one
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun?

I’d like to know that your love
Is love I can be sure of
So tell me now and I won’t ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Will you still love me tomorrow?

Number of words: 108

One-syllable words: 88 (81 percent)

Two-syllable words: 14 (13 percent)

Three-syllable words: 6 (6 percent)

Four-syllable words (or longer): 0 (0 percent)

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 20, 2014 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Gerry Goffin (RIP) (and non-Dead)

He was great. And on many of his biggest hits, he had a pretty good partner. Carole King was not only his wife, but continued to write with him for a while after they divorced.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 20, 2014 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Gerry Goffin (RIP) (and non-Dead)

In another time and place I went to the Troubadour in LA to see James Taylor (when he was Sweet Baby James and still had hair). The opening act, with a new album just out, was Carole King. I sat near Leon Russell and spent a lot of time staring at his hair. Ah memories. :)